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By The Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters

September 6th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books

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Source: Received for review

Availability: Published January 5, 2010

Publisher: Hyperion Book CH

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars

Description from Goodreads.com: Daelyn Rice is broken beyond repair, and after a string of botched suicide attempts, she’s determined to get her death right. She starts visiting a website for “completers”- www.through-the-light.com.

While she’s on the site, Daelyn blogs about her life, uncovering a history of bullying that goes back to kindergarten. When she’s not on the Web, Daelyn’s at her private school, where she’s known as the freak who doesn’t talk.

Then, a boy named Santana begins to sit with her after school while she’s waiting to for her parents to pick her up. Even though she’s made it clear that she wants to be left alone, Santana won’t give up. And it’s too late for Daelyn to be letting people into her life. Isn’t it?

I have really been wanting to read this one so I was really excited when I had the chance to review it.  I was a little disappointed when I was done.  Let’s start with the positive.  The story was gritty and heart breaking.  Having grown up over weight I could relate to a lot of what Daelyn went through and it was heart breaking to see how her parents reacted to her attempts to reach out to them before she resorted to suicide attempts.  You can also relate to her parents though because I can see a lot of parents wanting to believe things are not that bad and that every child goes through rough times growing up.  I liked how bits and pieces of Daelyn’s history of being bullied is slowly revealed as she tells her story on a website dedicated to those trying to complete their suicide attempts.

I’m sure many will disagree with me on this but one thing I did not care for much was Santana’s character.  I actually found his personality to be quite irritating and maybe he was supposed to be so he was as much an outcast as Daelyn but he really grated on me.  The other thing I did not like was the ending.  When I reached the last page I kept flipping through the reader’s guide thinking there had to be more.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

5 Responses

  1. Michelle

    This one hasn’t appealed to me at all. I continually pass it over and now I can see why. I’m glad I haven’t picked this one up.

  2. kay

    I’ve been thinking of reading this one ever since it came out, but haven’t had the chance yet. Sorry to hear it disappointed; I hate when a book leaves me wanting more answers after the ending.

  3. dsuzuki

    This is definitely not one I would rush out to get.

  4. Lu

    I saw this one at the library, and was immediately drawn to the beautiful cover. Once I read the title, I was intrigued! I was also disappointed with it.
    I just posted my thoughts on this book today.
    http://lusravesandrants.blogspot.com/2010/09/by-time-you-read-this-ill-be-dead-julie.html

  5. dsuzuki

    The title is certainly an attention grabber but too bad it didn’t grab us.

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